By Michael Weir
‘MAPPED’ is a book and exhibition of our research into planned villages in Ireland. Run as a research group over the last three years in the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT, we have mapped and drawn over 250 planned Irish villages from the 17th to the 20th century. Our book collates three years research into Utopian planned villages (edited in 2015 as Utopia7), industrial and manufacturing villages (2016 Post Industrial newspaper) and our new work into planned estate villages.
Our new work on estate or model villages focuses in detail on six villages - Doneraile Co. Cork, Ballyhaise Co. Cavan, Mountbellew Co. Galway, Abbeyleix Co. Laois, Tyrellspass Co. Westmeath, and Cookstown Co. Tyrone. An essay is included on the morphology and history of each of these villages as well as detailed maps and axonometric drawings.
We are producing a beautifully bound colour publication of approx. 140pages, with an overall A1 location map and timelines of all of the villages researched over the past three years. We think this is a unique book on the underexplored subject of Irish planned villages.
Who we are-
We are six fourth year Dublin School of Architecture students - Cian Burke, Cillian McGrath, Jason Ladrigan, Dumitru Cusnir, Michael Weir, David McCarthy and our tutor Miriam Delaney. ‘MAPPED’ will also include the work of the 2015 Utopia 7 group - Alice Clarke, Hannah Crehan, Niamh Denny, Michelle Diver, Ronan Lonergan, Andrew Murphy, Andrew Sterritt and the Post Industrial team from 2016 - Deepka Abbi, Stephen O’Brien, Mark Corcoran, Karen Tighe and Jack Worrall.
If our Fund it campaign is successful the budget will be used to cover the costs of printing and binding the publication, and the costs for our book launch and Villages exhibition to be held in early June. We are full time students so need your generosity to ensure this publication and exhibition goes ahead.
Our project intentions stem from the importance of understanding and cherishing our countries history in built form. Through your interest the work can continue to develop and inspire.
Thank you so much for your consideration !